Stone and Barrow. It has a House and Garden ring. The heritage building, manicured garden and chic interior is poised for a photo shoot. It’s unsurprising. Owner Kat Little has made her career in the hospitality industry and she’s pulled together a very charming and stylish café in Richmond.
It’s perfect for the throng of tourists that swarm the historic town most weekends and are not hard to spot most other days too. It’s perfect for the locals who want a lovely place for a meal in the country.
Its location in the middle of Bridge Road also makes it perfect for respite on a stroll around the shops and attractions of the township. Set back a little from the street, the lush lawn draws you in. For This Girl, it invoked memories of rolling in the backyard grass of my early childhood. You could try it but your fellow diners eating at the café’s many outdoor tables might look askance.
The irony in this adventure was the only reason we found ourselves in Richmond on this day was because “I’m the Arty One” was in town. She has a love hate relationship to food. Our visit was designed around the Coal Valley Ice Creamery because she loves ice cream. Before ice cream comes lunch though. I did my research on which venue would offer options that we’d both enjoy. I called the café a few days earlier to check in on their menu and I was reassured they would help.
The Stone and Barrow ethos is food for everyone and that seemed close to the mark by our observations. The menu included tasting plates, robust sandwiches which are meals in their own right and more contemporary fare. There is a display cabinet of cakes and they make their own bread daily. They have an onsite providore selling items from the menu along with wines from the Coal Valley wine region.
On our visit, the specials were a spicy red lentil soup with yoghurt, $17; grilled Mung fish with an anchovy and herb crumb on a celeriac puree, $26; and a slow braised beef Bourguignon pot pie served with dressed greens and thick cut chips, $24.
The Lovely Deputy went for the pie. Me and “I’m the Arty One” chose:
- club sandwich, $24, grilled chicken breast, bacon, crisp lettuce, honey and mustard mayonnaise served with French fries and
- ham and cheese toastie, $8 and a side of fries, $8 from the kid’s menu.
All the meals were well received, hearty serves and enjoyable. The food was complemented by excellent service. Our table attendant Marianne was charming and professional. She made sure our needs were well cared for.
They’re tough stakes for small businesses in the Coal Valley, a rapidly expanding region with its fair share of shining stars. There’s some big name neighbours to contend with in this little community however Stone and Barrow invites you to continue your journey into the township and explore what they have to offer. To adapt a common adage, everything has a place and a place for everything. Stone and Barrow’s contribution is good quality, locally made café food for everyone.
And you can have an ice cream after.
Find them on Facebook – Stone and Barrow
They’re located at 27 Bridge Road, Richmond.
Call them on 03 6260 2739.
They’re open Wednesday – Sunday. Check their online presence for up-to-date details.